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New Mexico Gun Laws

Complete guide to gun laws in New Mexico

New Mexico is a “Shall Issue” state with concealed carry licenses issued to residents only. The gun laws compared to other states ar fairly liberal and allow a person from another state to transfer their handgun license into a New Mexico license if the concealed carry laws in the other state are similar to New Mexico’s. Open carry is common and legal without a carry license, you only need a license to conceal carry.

Permit Honored
Permit not honored
Issuing state

New Mexico reciprocity guide for handgun licenses


New Mexico will honor another states permit if it meets certain conditions set out in section 29.19.12 – Reciprocal Agreements. This statute can be viewed in the laws section of this page but basically it requires the other states requirements for a concealed handgun license to be substantially similar to New Mexico’s or more stringent. This statute also has other requirements which we have not listed here, they can be viewed in the laws section if necessary. Currently there are 24 states that meet New Mexico’s conditions for their concealed handgun license to be honored in NM.

A full list of states with reciprocity agreements with New Mexico is maintained on the NM Department of Public Safety website.

States that will honor a New Mexico handgun license



Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Handgun licenses New Mexico will honor



Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming

States that will not honor a New Mexico handgun license



California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington.

Washington D.C.

Overview of the New Mexico concealed handgun license


The New Mexico concealed carry license is only required if you want to conceal a firearm on your person. It is legal to open carry a handgun without a license. They are issued for a period of 4 years and as NM is a Shall Issue state the license is easy to obtain if you meet all the requirements. If the license is revoked then the licensee must wait for a period of 2 years before they can apply for a new license.


New Mexico does not issue concealed carry licenses to Non-Residents but they will make exceptions for military personel and their dependants if they are stationed in New Mexico. They also have a law which allows an out of state license to be transferred into a New Mexico license. The application for transfer is made as a renewal application and the applicant will need to provide the following documentation; proof of citizenship proof of residency proof of age a photocopy of the license that is being transferred - License Transfer and renewal


Completion of a training course is required for new license applications and renewals. The renewal course can be taken online and is just a refresher course that takes roughly 2 hours to complete. The initial new application course must be sponsored a college, state or federal law enforcement agency, a firearms training school or a organization that is reconized nationally and approved by the MN Detartment of health and Safety. The course must be at least 15 hours long and provide instruction in the following areas; Safe handling and knowledge of single doubl action revolvers semi automatic handguns. Storage and child safety. Handgun shooting basics Firing range practice. How to maintain handgun skills Laws relating to ownership, purchase and transporting handguns. Ways to avoid an attack. Non-violent dispute resolution. The state website maintains a list of certified instructors.

Requirements to qualify for a New Mexico handgun license

  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • A citizen of the United States.
  • Complete a firearms training course.
  • A resident of New Mexico or is a member of the armed forces whose permanent duty station is located in New Mexico.
  • You are not a fugitive from justice.
  • You have not been convicted of a felony in New Mexico or any other state or pursuant to the laws of the United States or any other jurisdiction.
  • You are not currently under indictment for a felony criminal offense in New Mexico or any other state or pursuant to the laws of the United States or any other jurisdiction.
  • You are not otherwise prohibited by federal law or the law of any other jurisdiction from purchasing or possessing a firearm.
  • You have not been adjudicated mentally incompetent or committed to a mental institution.
  • You are not addicted to alcohol or controlled substances.
  • You have satisfactorily completed a firearms training course.
  • You have not received a;
  1. conditional discharge, a diversion or a deferment or been convicted of, pled guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to a misdemeanor offense involving a crime of violence within the ten year period preceding application;
  2. been convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs within five years immediately preceding the application for a concealed handgun license;
  3. been convicted within the ten year period preceding application of a misdemeanor offense involving the possession or abuse of a controlled substance; or
  4. been convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving assault, battery or battery against a household member.

How to apply for a New Mexico handgun license

Follow these steps to obtain a permit

    1. Complete a firearms training course.
    2. Go to your local Police or Sheriff to get fingerprinted
    3. Gather all the documents required;
      • Two fingerprint cards
      • Certified original copy of your birth certificate, must be issued by vital statistics
        in the state in which you were born, no photocopies,
      • Copy of certificate of completion of firearms training,
      • Copy of New Mexico Driver’s License or Identification Card,
      • Release forms and any other supporting documentation.
    4. Send your application and supporting documents to;

NM Department of Public Safety
SID/Concealed Carry Unit
6301 Indian School Rd. NE Suite 310
Albuquerque, NM 87110

You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

How to renew your New Mexico handgun license

  • A New Mexico handgun license can be renewed 60 days before or 60 days after the expiry date.
  • If the license has expired then the licensee cannot carry a concealed handgun until the license is renewed.
  • firearms refresher course will need to be completed, this can be done online.
  • Fingerprints will need to be supplied if they are not already on file with the Department of Public Safety.
  • Government photo ID will need to be supplied such as a New Mexico drivers license.
  • Use the same form that is used for new applications, just tick the renewal box on it.

Schedule of fee’s for a New Mexico handgun license

Application ConditionsOriginal Renewal
Individual $100 (includes $56 fee + $44 fingerprint fee) $75
Instructor $44 (for fingerprints) $0
Duplicate/Modification $10

Essential forms for a New Mexico handgun license

Download the required application form, you will find the application at the end of the document which mainly consists of an overview of the laws in the first section. This form is also used for license renewals. Other forms included in the application package are; Authorization for Health Information, Authorization for Release of Information, and a Replacment Application.




Off-limit places in New Mexico for carrying a firearm

Places listed as off limits apply even if you have a New Mexico license to carry.

Note: New Mexico law states that a person may only carry ONE CONCEALED handgun at a time. You are permitted to carry more than one handgun but only one can be concealed on your person. This law does not apply to handguns carried in vehicles.


  • Public schools, colleges and universities, except in a vehicle if older than 19
  • Preschools
  • Law enforcement agency facilities
  • Courts, any State, County, Municipal or Tribal Court
  • State wild life management areas
  • Tribal land
  • Public buses
  • Airport security zones
  • On private property where the owner has posted signs indicating that you may not carry or if the owner tells you that you cannot
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law. 


  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – excluding those listed as off limits

New Mexico gun laws & statutes

New Mexico state capitol building

Summary table

SubjectHandgunsLong GunsNotes
Carry permit requiredYes*No*You only need a permit to conceal carry, open carry is legal with no permit. Policy is Shall Issue but operates as a limited Unrestricted state.
Purchase permit requiredNoNo
Registration of firearmNoNo
Open carry allowedYesYesNo permit required.
Background checks on private gun sales requiredNoNo
Magazine size restrictionNoNo

Rating of gun laws
Good 77%

New Mexico gun laws you need to know

No law shall abridge the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes, but nothing herein shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons. No municipality or county shall regulate, in any way, an incident of the right to keep and bear arms.
                                                                                                                       ARTICLE II, SECTION 6

Nevada Off-Limit Statutes

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New Mexico licensing office

New applications and renewals can be mailed to the address below or taken directly to the office.

New Mexico Department of Public Safety Concealed Handgun Carry Unit


Monday – Friday     7am – 5pm

Saturday                   Closed

Sunday                     Closed


Address      6301 Indian School Rd NE Ste. 310

City              Albuquerque, NM 87110

Phone         (505) 841 -8053


Frequently asked questions on New Mexico gun laws